Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy


Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic
Downtown Vancouver Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
604-684-6565
Day & Evening Appointments Available
#209 – 970 Burrard Street (Electra Building)


As a natural progression of the aging process, our bodies will experience a decline in hormone levels. Some of the challenges that arise with hormonal decline around menopause can include hot flashes, sexual dysfunction, loss of libido, weak bones, weight gain, and muscle atrophy.  Some of the challenges that arise with hormonal decline in middle age women can include painful periods, heavy periods, repeat miscarriages and PMS. For those patients who are experiencing symptoms related to hormonal imbalances and decline, Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic in Downtown Vancouver is pleased to offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy performed by our Naturopathic Doctors. If you are seeking a natural way to improve the quality of your life and health as an alternative to standard methods, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy might be the perfect solution for you.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

The Naturopathic Doctors at Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic in Downtown Vancouver use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This means that these hormones have the exact molecular structure as those made in the human body. Therefore, the two are indistinguishable from each other. Bioidentical hormones produce the same physiologic responses as those of the body’s natural hormones. Our Naturopathic Doctors use this natural hormone replacement method to treat women for symptoms and conditions related to low hormone levels and hormonal imbalances.

The Benefits Of Bioidentical Hormones Versus Synthetic Hormone Replacement

For patients who seek a natural and safe treatment to their symptoms, bioidentical hormone replacement is the ideal choice over synthetic hormone replacements. The rational behind this is that, a synthetic hormone is a hormone synthesized in a pharmaceutical laboratory from synthetic (man-made) chemical compounds. Bioidentical hormones are also produced in a pharmaceutical laboratory, however they are from plant sources, such as yam or soy. This is why they receive the term natural versus synthetic.

The most significant difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones, however, is really in how they act in the human body. Synthetic hormones, like Premarin, a synthetic estrogen, and Prempro, synthetic progesterone, have a molecular structure, which is not recognized by the human body. Therefore, our bodies cannot breakdown, use or dispose of these hormones efficiently, and can, according to some researchers, cause undesirable side effects like cardiovascular disease and an increased risk of some cancers.

Conversely, bioidentical hormones are identical in structure to your actual hormones, and are recognized by the human body due to their molecular structure being exactly like that of the hormones produced naturally in your body. With this molecular structure the human body can easily recognize these hormones, and therefore they are easily broken-down, used and disposed of without increasing carcinogens in the process.

Bioidentical Estrogen And Progesterone Replacement For Women

Hot flashes, mood swings, bone loss, vaginal dryness, and loss of libido, these are all among the many common complaints of women who are experiencing menopause. As early as in their 20’s and 30’s, women begin to experience loss of hormonal production, and by their perimenopausal years, women can begin to really feel the signs of aging that are related to the decreasing levels of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, thyroid and cortisol.

For women who are suffering from menopausal symptoms that have diminished the quality of their lives, bio-identical estrogen and progesterone can offer great relief.  At Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic, our Naturopathic Doctors who administer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for women in Downtown Vancouver report that patients appreciate this natural and safe therapy that relieves symptoms, and restores the quality of their lives.

What You Can Expect From Your Naturopathic Doctor

When you visit Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic in Vancouver, you can expect to get a detailed hormonal test done from a specialty lab after your initial visit. During your initial visit you will go through a series of in house tests and then sit down with one of our Naturopathic Doctors who will spend an extensive amount of time collecting an in-depth understanding of not only your symptoms, but also the state of your whole body. As Naturopathic Doctors, we are committed to finding the cause of our patient’s imbalanced health and to use the best medicinal properties of nature to treat each individual patient. Our patient assessment includes not only the condition of your physical body, but also your environment, mental, emotional, and spiritual state.   

How Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Administered?

One of the reasons that bioidentical hormones are so effective is because each prescription is made specifically for each individual patient.  Your Naturopathic Doctor at Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic will use your test results to make an assessment to determine exactly what levels of hormones would be most appropriate for you, so no two patients will have the same formulation.  Once your Naturopathic Doctor has determined your treatment plan, your BHRT prescription can be in one of a few forms, either pill, topical cream, suppositories, or dissolvable tablets.

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy For You?

Are bioidentical hormone replacement hormones the answer for your symptoms? Maybe not, Because while Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is widely successful, helping many patients find great relief for their menopausal and other hormonal imbalance symptoms, the treatment plan for each patient at Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic will vary. Once your Naturopathic Doctor has assessed your individual case, you may be surprised to learn that there are alternative methods to treat your symptoms as effectively and safely as BHRT.  Your Naturopathic Doctor at Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic Downtown Vancouver will be able to offer effective alternative treatment options to treat your imbalances in the event that bioidentical hormones are not recommended for you.

Obtain Information About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement In Vancouver

If you are not only ready to feel better with your vitality restored, but also look better and decrease the signs of aging you’re experiencing, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy might be the natural remedy you have been looking for.

At Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic, you’ll appreciate our comfortable and modern Vancouver Naturopathic Clinic where you’ll be treated as a unique individual on your journey toward healing. Our Naturopathic Doctors are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care and a true partnership to support them every step of the way on their road to optimal health and well being.

For more information about your natural treatment options using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Vancouver and naturopathic medicine located conveniently in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, we welcome you to call Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic at 604-684-6565, or contact our office using our online form.

Dr. Natalie Groenewoud, ND


Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic
Downtown Vancouver Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
604-684-6565
Day & Evening Appointments Available
#209 – 970 Burrard Street (Electra Building)

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